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Want to rip the steep, deep big mountain lines? Make the Katana your weapon of choice.

The Volkl Katana Alpine Ski gives expert skiers the power, flotation, and performance to slay the steepest powder lines on the planet. The Powder Channel Tail offers many of the advantages of a swallowtail ski (flotation and a powerful, centered stance) while still allowing you to land switch and power through variable conditions. Combine this with no camber, a slight rocker, and a huge platform, and you have a ski that will redefine how you ski the pow. Volkl gave this big-mountain powder specialist two sheets of titanium laminated to a full length wood core so the Katana satiates the most hard-charging rider out there.

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08 katana at A-Basin on a 13in pow day

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skiing my 08 katana at A-Basin on a 13in pow day. They reported 13in at 5 in the morrning by the time the lifs opened at 9 it had to be more like 16in or more. The sape of the 08 is the same as the 10

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How do these float powder compared to 120...

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How do these float powder compared to 120 sized wastes?

Will the Marker Jester 110s fit this ski...

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Will the Marker Jester 110s fit this ski or do you need to go with the 130?

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You would be ok with this. You will need to bend it out a little. There are videos on the best way to do this on youtube.

5 5

Best Resort Powder Ski!

The best all around resort powder ski to date. Rips everything powder and surprises in the tracked out but still soft in between aka, mank, crud and everything getting you to and from the goods. I am 5'10" 196 pounds and ski the Tetons between Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee with the majority being the 'Ghee. I am on the 190 cm and ski wide open without the ski backing off one bit and also smear and carve through the woods with ease. This is an amazing ski! The next closest ski is the JJ Armada with the Katana handling the cut up crud and high speeds better. Easily keeps up with Kuro and spanks it in all but the purest dry fluff.

What is the weight differense between a...

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What is the weight differense between a 183 Volkl Katana and a 189 K2 Hellbent?

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Not sure about those sizes, I did find that the Katana's weighed 4,500 grams per pair on the 183's. The Hellbents are 5,080 grams per pair on the 179's. Not really surprised the Hellbents weigh more,or how much it matters. If you have AT in mind, Katana's should work fine, Good luck trying to go uphill on the Hellbents.

5 5

Amazing!

This monster is full rockered, and I gave it a whirl to try that type of ski. The Katana is incredible! I found it was very stable, did any type of turn I wanted, and was great in all terrain. Quite a fun ski. Also the Katana promotes slarving over carving. One of my favorite skis I've tested.I'm 5'8'', 135lbs and demoed the 183.

For a comparison between this and some other skis I have demoed, check out:
http://williamrichmondski.blogspot.com/

Unanswered Question

Is the Katana stiffer than the Gotama?
How...

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Is the Katana stiffer than the Gotama?
How do the current versions compare?

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katana best ski for the west

pro patrol in tahoe skied hundred days on them and its the most ive been stoked about a ski in years..

Done 15 demo days this yr on new skis,...

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Done 15 demo days this yr on new skis, close to buying skis. I'm 30yrs old, 6', 180lbs+ and aggressive in all terrain. My DINS stay at about 10 and I stay off piste in all but the worst conditions. I don't drop many cliffs, hit many parks or build kickers in the backcountry, just look for big steep pow lines w/ obstacles. I want a ski that is good for occasional randonee-backcountry day. I've rented Katanas, Gotamas, Crusades, Tornados, Kuros, and others, all of which I liked. Katanas seem the best option for me because of a combination of stiffness (capable of handling speed in hard snow conditions) and powder skiing dimensions. I am looking at buying 190 cm Katanas and Marker Dukes (or the Marker randonee bindings with a max DIN of 12: I've never approached a need for 16 on the DIN yet). I have two questions:
1. Would anyone recommend I try any other skis still? I have not demo'd any Black Diamond skis yet which makes me pause.
2. What skins are best for 190 Katanas?

Thanks

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Hi, I'm the marketing director for salomon and all the skis you tried are good, although very different. Based on your type of practice, I'd recommend you to give a try to the Salomon Czars as well. With 111 underfoot and their rockered tip, they are beasts in powder but still handling well on on piste transitions thanks to their traditional camber on the rest of the ski.

Hi, I'm the marketing director for salomon and all the skis you tried are good, although very different. Based on your type of practice, I'd recommend you to give a try to the Salomon Czars as well. With 111 underfoot and their rockered tip, they are beasts in powder but still handling well on on piste transitions thanks to their traditional camber on the rest of the ski.
5 5

Volkl Continues to Rock my Socks

I have last year's Volkl Mantra 177cm for my all mountain/AT ski and love it so much I didn't think I could love a ski any more. Enter stage left: 2010 Volkl Katana. This ski blows my mind. Its intent was to stay in the closet unless 5"+ had fallen. Yesterday at Vail I had the first opportunity for steep/deep and they really excelled. REALLY. When I'd worked 'em (and you have to work them or they will work you) enough for the day and was making my way down the front side, they seemed to carve as well as the ol' Mantras. Can't wait to take them out again.

Stats:
6'2" 178lbs
177 Mantra/183 Katana
Mount on boot center.

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Solid Ski for a Solid Skier

I rode the 08' version of these puppies at Squaw this year for a few days and I kind of had mixed thoughts. They are super solid in big wide open powder fields and they are kind of fun on Groomers too. They also charged through crud and small moguls when you opened them up. I did find them to be a bit much for me in tight areas. Being 5'7 and 135lbs and use to skiing the Bridges, I felt like these skis kind of made me work a bit more that normal in tight chutes and bumps. I also felt like I was backseat a lot upon landing drops. I was riding POS demo bindings but I still felt like this ski was too much for me at times. They float awesome in pow and allow you to make nice big GS style turns but I think I would be more comfortable on some Gotamas.

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Fucking Terrible

I've never broken a ski before let alone broken a ski in less than 30 days. The sidewalls have blown out, the ski bent out to become a reverse camber ski, the shovel gets pushed around because it sits off the ground, and the bases shred like wet cardboard. I can't even use my Katanas as a rock ski anymore, and it's only early January! Volkl refuses to warranty them saying an 8 inch section of sidewall and edge that is torn to the wood is "normal wear and tear". Last I checked skis weren't supposed to break that easily. I couldn't be more disappointed with this product.

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Dude?WTF???? There is no tougher ski made. This is a wood core with freakin' vertical sidewalls. Something does not add up here. If this comment were anywhere else I would say you were nuts! Being you are here on Backcountry.com I have to respect your post and say somebody must have put something in your drink or you got a lemon from Volkl.

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you do realize the 09-10 is a reverse camber ski?

how does these perform on the hardpack,...

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how does these perform on the hardpack, groomers? im 6 foot and weight 150 pounds. i need a ski that carves very well but yet floats in pow. before i usually skied a thinner ski on the foot but i want to go bigger. is this a good ski? any other good skis on the market...

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Short answer: awesome on the pow, as well as the hardpack & groomers.

I picked these up as a second set of pow skis, not really intending them as my go-to skis for this season. However, they turned out to be really fun on pretty much everything ... hardpack, groomers, moguls, and crud. They are stiff enough to blast through crud, and for a pow ski they carve amazingly well on corduroy. My old K2 Apache Outlaws have seen just one day on the snow this year (16 more for my Katanas), and the K2s are now up for sale.

In the pow, these are great as you'd expect. I love the construction. I think you might get a little more buoyancy from a reverse camber ski, but the Katanas are so great on "everything else" that they will be my pow ski for the foreseeable future.

Highly, highly recommended as your all-mountain, all-pow, ski.

PS - I use with the Marker Jester which is a nice binding for this ski (Griffon could work well, too).

Size? I am 6' 3", 190 lbs. I consider...

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Size? I am 6' 3", 190 lbs. I consider myself an aggressive skier. I have been riding the Volkl Karmas 185 and have the Mantra 184. I have noticed that the Katana at 183 is about 4cm shorter than the 184 Mantra. Would you say that the 183 Katana would be enough ski or would the 190 be more appropriate?

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if you ski aggressive go with 190 but if you dont ski everthing go with 183

Unanswered Question

Love Mantras
Just got Gotamas
Sounds from...

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Love Mantras
Just got Gotamas
Sounds from people on this page that the Katana is a better ski...?
How is it different, and what does it do better than the Gotamas?
comments?

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What more can one say?

Except that in addition to all the people who have already written how much they love this ski and how versatile it is, it is also a ridiculously great tele ski! Great in the pow, great in the crud and wind slab and junk and even great in powder and soft bumps. I am 48 and these skis have helped me to take it to a new level.

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Great Boards!

I'm a 50 year old life-long skier and with these skis I'm skiing the best I've skied in my life. In good powder they are incredible and they make the crud almost feel like good stuff. You can curve turns or just skid them easily if it's tight in the tree's. I got 190s but they turn as quick as a much shorter ski. Also, they ski great on the hard pack.

176 OR 183?
5'8 190 - Currently using 177...

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176 OR 183?
5'8 190 - Currently using 177 mantra as my go to ski. Not sure what size to get the Katana?

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Go BIG, this is a big ski and you need the length. get the 183, no question. with the rocker you will have a shorter effective edge. so the shorter one would be squirmy. go BIG and have FUN.

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enjoy a powder day even more

I think this ski is the ultimate big mountain tool. This is the best resort pow ski around. It will charge through anything you point it towards and you will float in the deepest of snow. When you show up to your local resort after a big dump, the Katana will have you slashing the goods until its skied out and then you will still be on the ski you need for ridding the chopped up crud.

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rips

The Katana is a great powder ski. Tons of float. I ride the 190 and can drive the front of the ski even in deep conditions.
It has enough sidecut to make it a fun ski on the groomers as well. Just dont expect it to be stable when going straight. Due to the flat camber it floats around a little so you need to keep the ski on edge.

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oh yeah and it gets better for the new model since it doenst have the weak powder channel

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